January, 2010

REST vs SOAP, the difference between soap and rest : spf13.com

SPF13

Someone asked me a question today ?Why Why would anyone choose SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) instead of REST (Representational State Transfer)?? My response: ?The The general rule of thumb I've always heard is

Trend map for 2010 and out to 2050

Trends in the Living Networks

For the last few years Richard Watson of NowandNext has created annual trend maps based on city subway maps. This year he has been more ambitious, creating a highly detailed map with five time zones, ranging from 2010-2015 out to 2035-2050.

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Fountainhead: Hosting & Cloud Computing market index: Update

Fountainhead

Last month I proposed that another way to measure adoption of cloud computing (or, at least, expectations of adoption) was to look at the stock market performance of a bundle of publicly-traded service provider companies

How the iPad could be a Game Changer - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Doing some poking around today and this evening on the iPad, and the vibe I'm getting is ho-hum. Gadget enthusiasts are somewhat disappointed on the lack of some features (sd card, camera) but investors are enthused

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An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

The blogs of Benjamin Franklin

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

In the summer of 2007 I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Blaine McCormick , author of Ben Franklin: America’s Original Entrepreneur , what he thought Franklin would make of the internet, social networking software, and blogs.

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REST vs SOAP, the difference between soap and rest

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Someone asked me a question today “Why would anyone choose SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) instead of REST (Representational State Transfer)?” My response: “The general rule of thumb I’ve always heard is ‘Unless you have a definitive reason to use SOAP use REST’”. He asked “what’s one reason?” I thought about it for a minute and honestly answered that I haven’t ever come across a reason. My background is building great internet companies

Australians are #1 globally in usage of social media: Why?

Trends in the Living Networks

Some very interesting data just out from Nielsen on social media usage. The headline is that people in developed countries are spending 82% more time on social media than they were one year ago. However the data point that struck my interest most is that.

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Fountainhead: If you think Converged Infrastructure & Fabrics are.

Fountainhead

A few weeks ago, I Tweeted about an analyst conversation where it was looking like the market for Fabric Computing / Unified Computing would be growing rapidly in the foreseeable future. Another analyst friend of mine

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Why CIOs Must Negotiate before Collaboration - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Several CIOs questioned my last post and why The Most Important Job of the CIO is to Negotiate with the Business and not collaboration or partnership? So before I get into how CIOs can establish credibility, let me elaborate

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The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

My full review of Dan Pink’s “Drive”…

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

…as posted to amazon.com and GoodReads.com. = = == ==. I read 39 books in 2009 , just “a few” shy of my goal of 50. Thanks to a little nudge from Art Johnson ( @artjohnson ) and some tips from Julien Smith , I’ve set my 2010 sights just a little bit higher: a book a week, for a total of 52.

- CES: The Time Machine

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

We have a Time Machine. It is one way, moving 60 seconds an hour, 24 hours a day, into The Future. The Consumer Electronics Show is a window into The Future.

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My Online Business Card (Vcard) : spf13.com

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I wanted to polish up my javascript coding so I decided that the best way to do that was with a project that I've been wanted to do for a while anyway, my own identity site, or my online business card, or my online vcard

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Top Twitter nations: USA, Singapore, Canada, Ireland, UK, New Zealand, Australia

Trends in the Living Networks

Software firm Sysomos has provided some more interesting research on Twitter usage. Using this data, we have analyzed which countries use Twitter the most on a per capita basis, shown below.

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Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

SeanDaniel.com [tech]: How to Lock Down a Windows 7 Kiosk or.

Sean Daniel

Browsing my one of my favorite RSS feeds: LifeHacker. I came across something that might be useful to a bunch of Small Business Server VAPs configuring your network. In many cases, some companies like to provide a

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Are the consulting firms partly to blame for the fact that only a relatively small minority of companies have adapted their internal culture to the knowledge intensive economy?

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

Last month (Dec 09) I posted this question on Linkedin: Are the consulting firms partly to blame for the fact that only a relatively small minority of companies have adapted their internal culture to the knowledge intensive economy? In so few companies are collaborators incentivize to internally share freely their valuable knowledge (and rewarded for it).

A tale of two trainers (in which one is a factory worker and the other an artist)

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

The following descriptions are of two personal trainers who provide training to their clients using equipment and methods based on the work of Joseph Pilates. Trainer 1 : Received training from one school.

Using the right keys : spf13.com

SPF13

HeyThereSpaceman. Today I was visiting a friends office and like many offices in NYC they have a shared bathroom in the hall for the entire floor. In this building it had five buttons on the door that when pressed in the correct

Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

Benchmarking Cloudfront (and S3) : spf13.com

SPF13

Amazon has done it again bringing another computing service to the masses. This time it's the Content Delivery Network or CDN. Cloudfront is a direct competitor to other popular CDNs such as Akamai. While Akamai requires

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Human readable du sorted by size

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du is the *nix command for disk usage”). It tells you how much space everything in the given directory is taking up. GNU du introduced a handy option -h making it human readable, or showing sizes using K, M, G rather than bytes. Unfortunately this makes it not sortable numerically. Here’s how to sort du by size and keep it as human readable. Insert the following function into your

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Using the right keys

SPF13

HeyThereSpaceman Today I was visiting a friends office and like many offices in NYC they have a shared bathroom in the hall for the entire floor. In this building it had five buttons on the door that when pressed in the correct order unlocked the door. A simple password. In our office we have a similarly shared bathroom, but instead of a password, we have a physical key required to unlock the door

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Benchmarking Cloudfront (and S3)

SPF13

Amazon has done it again bringing another computing service to the masses. This time it’s the Content Delivery Network or CDN. Cloudfront is a direct competitor to other popular CDNs such as Akamai. While Akamai requires a fairly substantial amount of traffic to become a customer, Cloudfront doesn’t. It follows all of Amazons, pay for what you use mentality. This means that everyone can benefit from incorporating Cloudfront into their blog, site, store, etc

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

My Online Business Card (Vcard)

SPF13

I wanted to polish up my javascript coding so I decided that the best way to do that was with a project that I’ve been wanted to do for a while anyway, my own identity site, or my online business card, or my online vcard. The idea was inspired by Tim Van Damme’s website. To accomplish this I wrote a jquery plugin to handle the navigation, animation etc. The site itself is rather simple, a single html page and a few images

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Creating Knowledge-based CRM initiatives

Trends in the Living Networks

I am running a two-day executive program on Relationship Management for Financial Services in Kuala Lumpur on 28-29 January, organized by IBN International. The workshop will be attended by executives from a variety of local and global financial institutions in South-East Asia.

Who is most influential in Enterprise 2.0?

Trends in the Living Networks

Over the holidays Mark Fidelman launched his 2010 Enterprise 2.0 All-Star Blogger Roster. Mark says: Now that the holiday hangover has worn off and the bills are coming due, I want to turn your attention to the individuals that are most influencing the Enterprise 2.0 space.

We are fast learning how to create "enhanced serendipity"

Trends in the Living Networks

Serendipity is one of the most beautiful words in the English language. It originates from the story of "the Three Princes of Serendip", which tells the tale of three princes who had the faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries (see more on the story here ). For the last decade I have been talking about the idea of "enhanced serendipity".

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.